Ovoid jar (Storage jar)

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5
2465–2323 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 4733 E


Rim Diameter: 9.2 cm; Height: approx. 31.4 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Marl clay)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Ovoid jar with rolled rim, tubular neck, and pointed base: reconstructed from sherds, complete. Some portions of the body have been filled in where sherds are missing. The body of the vessel was handmade, likely through coiling; the neck and rim were made on a slow wheel or similar turning device. The exterior of the body has been carefully smoothed and finished with vertical strokes. The jar was not slipped. // 12-10-41, 14.1744, Reisner type A-IIb, GPMP type AB2.


From Giza, G4733E. 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition